VMworld US 2014 Roundup


This year’s VMworld 2014 in the U.S. promised to be a doozy and it certainly succeeded!

Although neither Steve nor I could make it in person this year that didn’t stop us being glued to our Twitter feeds and Blogger-verse to glean every last morsel of information we could get our paws on to bring you this cracking new Podcast Roundup of what we thought were the important take homes from this year’s conference.

As promised here are the show notes so simply download the podcast from here or subscribe to us on iTunes by searching for vNews.

Sit down; Relax and let Steve and I do the conference floor walking whilst you enjoy the spoils!


VMworld 2014

The General Session on Tuesday with demos of most of the things we will be talking about has been published on YouTube here:


Introducing the VMware EVO Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solutions

August 25, 2014

ByChris Wolf


Meanwhile …..

Simplivity Converged Infrastructure Adds Cisco UCS


OmniStack Integrated Solution with Cisco UCS empowers you with the following:

  1. You can set up global VM-centric policies, manage workloads in the federation and automate common tasks. This allows you to be more agile and efficient, and reduces your operational costs. OmniStack’s VM-centric approach shifts policies from underlying hardware components to workloads, enabling greater mobility and agility.
  2. You gain integrated data protection with VM-level backup policies and WAN-optimized replication to a second site or the cloud for disaster recovery and cost effective, off-site backup.
  3. OmniStack data virtualization platform manages data segments in 4K to 8K chunks and deduplicates redundant segments before data hits disk, eliminating unnecessary read/write IO. Deduplicating, compressing and optimizing data in real time saves IOPS and capacity on primary storage and throughout the workload’s lifecycle

Use Cases:

  1. ROBO/Multi-Site Central Management Projects – SimpliVity and Cisco enable unified Remote Office/Branch Office Management projects by providing data mobility services and the ability to manage remote OmniStack-powered hyperconverged infrastructure from one location and interface
  2. All-in-one IT modernization projects for broad sets of applications including mission-critical applications
  3. Backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity projects
  4. Data migration, as well as merger and acquisition projects
  5. Development, test, and QA projects
  6. Technology refresh projects

vRealize Suite: Managing Your Hybrid Cloud

August 25, 2014



Welcoming A New Member To The VMware Family – CloudVolumes

August 20, 2014



VMware + Containers = Containers without Compromise

August 12, 2014



VMWorld TV Highlights


Jeremy Van Doorn (@JCvanDoorn)

Eric Sloof (@esloof)


  • GiveBack raised $250,000 for charity

 VMware supporting OpenStack

In the same way RedHat supports Open Source Linux VMware is to support OpenStack on vSphere. VMware will provide packaging of OpenStack

 vSphere 6.0 in Beta

….. but should be available next year

  • vmtn/vspherebeta – Still under NDA but open Beta
  • Content Library which replicates files such as templates and ISOs between vCenters
  • vMotion cross vSwitch / Portgroup
  • vMotion between vCenters provided they are network accessible. Different everything “vTeleport”
  • Long Distance vMotion upto 100ms downtime. SRM still manages DR but this would allow small numbers of VMs dependent on bandwidth
  • Web Client optimized especially response times. Now more closely reflects the .NET client.
  • .NET client will be updated to manage virtual hardware version 10
  • FT now supports upto 4vCPUs. Instantaneous failover now possible.
  • vVols extended to use external drive pools. All vendors supporting EMC; NetApp; IBM; HP; Dell; etc

Do you have a highlight from VMworld? Let us know in the comments section below and we will try to spotlight it in upcoming editions of the podcast.


All quiet before the VMworld storm – vNews August 2014


Welcome to August’s edition of vNews ….


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The world of virtualisation is quiet and calm as all the vendors are keeping their powder dry ready to announce their latest and greatest news at VMware’s annual VMworld Conference which is taking place August 24 – 28, 2014 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. As such vNews is thin on the ground but Steve and I have managed to trawl around the Internet and pulled together this pre-conference Podcast.

Coming up from Steve in this months episode:

  1. Microsoft to give away Windows 9 for free to Vista, XP users?
  2. Software-defined Storage Makes Economic Sense and Frees You From Hardware-defined Lock-in!
  3. VMTurbo Posts 16th Consecutive Quarter of Record Revenue
  4. Solar winds Product Blog: Virtualization Manager 6.1.1 Server
  5. Get started backing up to the cloud with SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool
  6. Announcing: Microsoft’s unified technology event for enterprises
  7. Working with vCD Edge Gateway Rules in PowerCLI

Whilst Stuart reports on

  • Hybrid Cloud
  • How fast is you cloud
  • Citrix in the magic quarant
  • EUC
  • PowerCLI

Show Notes

Don’t Be Fooled By Import Tools Disguised as Hybrid Cloud Management


Chris Wolf

Performance Advantages of vCloud Hybrid Service

August 6, 2014  By jasonlochhead


Why is vCloud Hybrid Service 35% Cheaper Than Azure and 83% Cheaper Than AWS?

Posted onAugust 6, 2014 byMathew Lodge                       



EUC Integration Points

July 23, 2014


Top 3 Scripts and Tools for July 2014

Posted onAugust 6, 2014 byBrian Graf                       

  1. vCheck-
  2. Migrate cluster from one vCenter to another vCenter
  3. Get VM ToolsVersion -


Citrix Positioned as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute




IDC Ranks Citrix GoToAssist the #1 Remote Support Software Vendor for Sixth Consecutive Year

Expanded Mobile, Social and Integrated Multi-Channel Support Capabilities Drive Industry Differentiation



Steve’s Stuff

Microsoft to give away Windows 9 for free to Vista, XP users? | News | TechRadar http://bit.ly/1v3Jot8

Software-defined Storage Makes Economic Sense and Frees You From Hardware-defined Lock-in! http://bit.ly/1omD9Hd

VMTurbo Posts 16th Consecutive Quarter of Record Revenue http://bit.ly/1v3KzZF

Solar winds Product Blog: Virtualization Manager 6.1.1 Server | kiwi http://bit.ly/1v3LeKw

Get started backing up to the cloud with SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool – SQL Server Team Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs http://bit.ly/1omE1f2

Announcing: Microsoft’s unified technology event for enterprises – Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs http://bit.ly/1v3Mbmg

Working with vCD Edge Gateway Rules in PowerCLI http://bit.ly/1v3ONjP


vNews July 2014 – Special Edition Interview with Mike Laverick and FeedForward Initiative


Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick) is an old stalwart of the show and used to present with Stu back in the day but now is plying his trade at VMware as a VMware Senior Cloud Infrastructure Evangelist.

However, he has not forgotten his roots and is now fronting a community-driven initiative called FeedForward that is attempting to assist and encourage community members to present at their local VMUGs.

This special edition of vNews Mike and Steve chat through this initiative and how VMUG members can get engaged.

Mike’s notes are held here:


Should you wish to learn more then visit the FeedForward landing page at:


Or follow on Twitter using the handle @feed4ward or the hashtag #feedforward

Tune in and find out!

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vNews June 2014


Where is the best place to work in the Bay area? Who is Marvin? What is happening in the Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Market? All these questions and more are answered in this month’s episode of vNews!

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Welcome to VMware, David Tennenhouse


May 6, 2014

By Ben Fathi

VMware Named One of the “Top Workplaces” in the Bay Area

Posted on June 16, 2014 by VMTN


VMware: public clouds are “modern silos”


by Joe Curtis| 11 June 2014

AirWatch Named Leader in 2014 Magic Quadrant

Michael Cusanelli | Private and Public Cloud InfoCenter


Citrix Positioned as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites




Citrix Announces Workspace Services, Cloud-based Platform for DaaS, Virtual App Delivery and Mobility

Cloud-based Service Enables Faster Time-to-Value for Partners and Customers, Increases Simplicity of Building Mobile Workspaces on a Choice of Clouds


Optimizing Hyper-V Replica HTTPS traffic using Riverbed SteelHead



Building a Private Cloud VM Compute Foundation with the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012

KeithMayer    5 Apr 2013 1:00 AM


NUTANIX – VCE Bashing Videos Pulled


SYMPLIVITY – Not to be purchased by HP


MARVIN – What is it?

Christian Mohn blog -http://vninja.net/vmware-2/marvin-speculation – based on poster picture from VMware campus

Is it an acronym? -http://vninja.net/vmware-2/marvin-acronym/Reference Virtual Infrastructure Node

CRN Reported:http://www.crn.com/news/storage/300073093/vmware-teaser-gets-tweeted-marvin-hyper-converged-infrastructure-appliance.htm

HP Discover 2014


Julian Wood

vCenter Server Heartbeat – End of Availability



UCS Number 1 Server Vendor

The King is Dead, Long live the King! – Colin Lynch


vSphere Hardening Guide

vSphere Hardening Guide 5.5 Update 1 Released! | VMware vSphere Blog – VMware Blogs  by Mike Foleyhttp://bit.ly/1oPteyp



vNews April 2014


vnews-smallWith this months vNews we are back to our usual format exploring the latest goings on with the cloud and virtualisation space.  A major release for VMware Horizon, exams, books,  vExperts, Azure Backup to the cloud,  and much more!


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vNews April 2014 Show Notes

We’re All In with VMware Horizon 6


A Closer Look at AirWatch – March 31, 2014 By kit Colbert


The Dawn of Virtual SAN – March 12, 2014 By @richardMcdougll


New vSphere 5.5 Version of VCAP5-DCA Exam Available – Posted on April 7, 2014 by Jill Liles


Download the exam blueprint or request exam authorization here.

Citrix Advances Enterprise Mobility To Meet High-Security Requirements With New XenMobile Release


Citrix Adds Free Web Conferencing Tool to GoToMeeting Product Portfolio


The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0 – 8 Apr 2014 10:00 AM

Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Team

Use Windows Azure Backup to Cloud Backup your Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 – 5 Mar 2014 4:25 AM


Steve’s Bit

First Time for Non-VMware Employees: SDDC Intensive Workshop | VMware Education and Certification Blog – VMware Blogs


Posted on April 9, 2014 by Elaine Sherwood

AWS WorkSpaces on iPad – DaaS – Virtuwise


Veeam and NetApp, RPO and RTO at their best

Windows XP – RIP.

New Book – vSphere Virtual Machine Management – Eric Sloof -

NTPRO.NL http://bit.ly/1ize0a8

ESXi DCUI Shutdown vs vCenter Shutdown of a host

Duncan Epping


vExpert 2014 Q2 applications are open | VMTN Blog – VMware Blogs

Corey Romero


 2014 Q2 vExpert application: http://bit.ly/LMJqB5

 2014 top VMware & virtualization blog voting results

Eric Siebert




VMware #vExpert 2014

I’m really pleased to learn that I have been recognised as a VMware vExpert again.  Thanks for Corey Romero continuing efforts with this programme.  It’s nice to be recognised for the extra effort and time that I and other fellow vExperts put in outside of their usual working like.  The VMware community as a friendly and welcoming group of people.


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vNews Podcast Returns After Long-Awaited Hiatus!


As happens with all good US sitcoms and action serials vNews has been on somewhat of a hiatus over the past couple of months but is back now with an episode that we recorded way back in November 2013 at the UKVMUG that occurred in the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham in the UK.

This episode includes interviews with:

  • Michael Poore and Darren Woollard of Xtravirt
  • Cormac Hogan and Mike Laverick of VMware
  • Jonathon Medd of the Get-Scripting podcast fame
  • Maish Saidel-Keesing of Cisco
  • Stuart Thompson a member of the UKVMUG organising committee
  • and ….. Joe Baguley VMware CTO EMEA

Although a couple of the dates mentioned are a little stale the content is still well worth a listen!

The show notes Blog and Twitter details for the interviewees are as follows:

We hope you enjoy and we will be back again soon!


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vNews Podcast – Things you need to know about cloud and virtualisation this month

vnews-smallWith this months vNews we are back to our usual format exploring the latest goings on with the cloud and virtualisation space.  We have news from companies such as Microsoft, Citrix, Veeam and VMware and also from the blogasphere from people such as Eric Sloof, Eric Siebert, Scott Lowe and William Lam.


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Full show Notes to follow soon:

VMworld 2013 Social Media for Barcelona

Save 50% on VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

What’s New and What’s Next for Horizon View

Active Directory authentication fails when vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 runs on Windows Server 2012 and the AD Domain Controller is also on Windows Server 2012 (2060901)

Upgrade from vSphere 5.1 to vSphere 5.5 rolls back after importing Lookup Service data (2060511)

Unable to install or upgrade to VMware vCloud Director to version 5.5.0 when using SQL Server 2005 SP4 (2060068)

New VMware Ready Devices

Next Generation Virtual Desktop as a Service

VMware turns the Big 15 – 15 killer stats from 15 years

The Edge Show: Wrapping up the “What’s New in 2012 R2” Series

Citrix ShareFile Integrates with iManage and Worldox Legal Document Management Systems

Citrix, Keeping Up with Microsoft’s Lump Releases, Unveils XenDesktop 7.1 on October 23, 2013

VEEAM release Patch 1 for VEEAM Backup & Replication 7.0 released in August.VMware Flings contest -

VMware Workstation 10 is out

Microsoft licensing turns the screws


Solarwinds Virtualisation Manager – Eric Siebert -

Introduction to Networking: Part 2, A Few More Basics -

The weblog of an IT pro specializing in virtualization, storage, and servers

Is Citrix’s Crystal Palace the next big thing in mobility, or simply an additional feature of ShareFile? Either way I’m intrigued. – Gabe Knuth – BrianMadden.com

Microsoft should attack Blackberry by allowing Windows Phone to run on a VM next to Android – Brian Madden – BrianMadden.com

virtuallyGhetto: You no longer can install vSphere C# Client on Windows Domain Controller in vSphere 5.5VMware nested Easter egg!


vNews VMworld special on What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.5 Platform – The Podcast

This months vNews is a special edition we Steve and try to tackle what new in vSphere 5.5.  We read the press articles so you don’t have too!

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The link to the original PDF of What’s New in VMware vSpherer 5.5 platform is below:


Also the excellent coverage from Chris Wahl is below too:




vNews August 2013 – What’s happening in cloud and virtualisation? Listen to the podcast!

This months vNews is packed of news and useful information covering virtualisation and cloud storing from VMware, Xtravirt, Microsoft, Citrix and even Apple’s new iOS 7!

vnews-smallAll the news in a 1 hour podcast for your commute, drive, train journey, flight or lounging around on a beach!

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Show Notes

VMworld – Defy Convention – San Francisco 25th-29th August 10th Annual
VMworld Europe – 14th Oct Partner Day 15th-17th October

Mike Laverick – vCommunity Call for Papers: The UK National VMUG Event – Thursday, November 21, 2013

vPi – Xtravirt

VirtuallyGhetto – William Lam –  Ravello: An interesting solution using Nested Virtualization http://bit.ly/17C1fHD
Ravello Systems Transforms Any Public Cloud Into the Ideal Enterprise Development and Test Infrastructure : VMblog.com – Virtualization News and Information for Everyone http://bit.ly/14NqHHg

VirtuallyPrepared – Darren Woollard – Use Foursquare to help with your travel expenses http://bit.ly/14NjkQ0

Yellow Bricks – Duncan Epping – Vendors to check out at VMworld


Blog.scottlowe.org – Scott Lowe – Using Your Home DNS Servers with Corporate VPNs http://bit.ly/14NleQz

Lucd.info – Luc Dekens – HL Tools – Part 1 – Clone a VM without vCenter http://bit.ly/14No0oR

Boche.net – Jason Boche – Software Defined Single Sign On Database Creation http://bit.ly/14Nq0NV

VMware SSO – SSO user IDs expire after 365 days by default. http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2035864.

Change the default settings by using the process outlined in http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.security.doc%2FGUID-B9C4409A-B053-40C3-96DE-232BB99AAA35.html

Social Media Specialist for VMware, Rick Blythe manages the Twitter handles @vmwarecares and @vmwarekb. He curates the Support Insider Blog at VMware.    VMware ESXi

FREE Instructional Videos on Horizon Mirage

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – 244 – VMworld Previews

Log Insight Now Understands More of your IT Environment with Partner Content Packs

VMware’s Strategy for iOS 7 and Industry Implications

Mark your calendars for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2
http://www.thomasmaurer.ch/2013/08/mark-your-calendars-for-windows-8-1-windows-server-2012-r2-and-system-center-2012-r2/ -

Focusing in on the New Windows Server 2012 R2 Innovations


New Magic Quadrant from Gartner for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

Citrix Advances Enterprise Mobility with XenClient 5

Citrix GoToAssist Named #1 in Remote Support Market for Fifth Consecutive Year

Citrix CloudBridge Certified for NetApp SnapMirror® Deployments to Accelerate Enterprise Data Replication

Citrix Enables High-Performance App and Desktop Delivery from Windows Azure

Citrix and Arrow to drive Europe-wide channel growth